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Eating For Comfort

Sometimes I miss home, become overwhelmed, get stressed and angry, and yes, that more than often upsets me, makes me sad, or makes me angry. So I eat. And I eat a lot, but I eat a lot of the right things, at the right time.  It is so important to me to eat well, and clean. .. let me stop you right there- eating clean does not mean boring, and plain!

Not in my kitchen anyway, so I urge all of you to rethink what you eat when you’re feeling down, perhaps when its that time of the month, and when you’re stressed.  Foods have a way of making you feel happy, sad, energetic, and motived; its not ironic, its biology.  Our bodies naturally respond to healthy foods in a very positive way – unless of course you are allergic or intolerant, so why not feed our bodies the best we can offer to help ourselves get through a tough time.

Here are some foods that help me stay on track, out of the negative gutter and in the zone at the gym.

Oatmeal: when you consume carbs, your body sends an amino acid called tryptophan into the brain to trigger serotonin , a neurotransmitter that aids calmness and collectivity. You want carbs that are absorbed slowly, allowing the serotonin to flow evenly throughout the day.  This Vitamin Packed Oat Bowl is a perfect example of that will keep you fuelled for the day, and help you face all of the days bad ass challenges!

Pistachios: studies show that just a handful has be proven to lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, they’re high fibre content, antioxidants, and unsaturated fatty acids are to thank for this. 

Avocado: high in monounsaturated fat (helps receptors in your brain adjust to serotonin) and potassium, both of which help lower blood pressure.  

Water: we need water for nearly every function in the body, like converting food into energy, so have your 6 (8oz) glasses a day (a bit more if you can).    

Almonds: Consider them energy pellets. Not only do almonds contain healthy fat and lots of fiber, but they’re also packed with magnesium, which helps to convert carbs, protein, and fat into energy.

Chocolate: Just a square or so of dark chocolate (the good stuff people, cacao, not cocoa) a day can elevate your health too, decreasing blood pressure and significantly lowering chances of stroke. 

Walnuts: walnuts are very high in omega-3 essential fatty acids. Fatty acids aid in making you less susceptible to mood swings, and make you more “agreeable”. And what better way to deal with no more mood swings than with a cake! This Vegan Strawberry Nana Cake is perfect for special events, and birthday; the road finding you happy is sure to be much better with this beautiful and simple cake in your life!

Spinach: Spinach is the B9 vitamin food (folate) which helps maintain normal levels of mood-boosting serotonin. Check out this Casserole dish for different spinach variations that can help you stay on track, and feel god.

Turkey: Turkey, for example, contains tyrosine, an amino acid that helps your brain produce the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. By activating these chemicals you help you brain work three stressful situations. 

Coffee: Caffeine may give your workout a boost too. I always have one before my morning work outs and I definitely feel the benefits. Coffee stimulates the central nervous system, and helps increase concentration and efficiency (especially when writing tests). But don’t over do it and don’t drink those full fat mocha lattes either. Stick to the food quality coffee for best results. 

At the end of the day were all very educated and knowledgeable beings, who have different interests and passions, but sometimes we all need a little push when the going gets rough.

Trust in nutritious foods and ingredients to help you get through your day; after all, food does not need us, we need food.  Choose wisely, and I promise the homesickness, upcoming winter blues, and downward economoy wont all seem that bad.

Please remember.. ” a man if only but a product of his thoughts”, everything will be ok if you believe it will be ok.

xxx much love maria

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